PENHA research and networking activities in Ethiopia have increased over the last six months. The following activities and achievements related to the Social Protection for Inclusive Development in Afar of Ethiopia (SPIDA) and related activities can be highlighted:
PENHA and the Pastoral Environmentalist Association in Kassala State (PEAKS) jointly implemented a women’s empowerment training activities focusing on enhancing the handicrafts and improving small animals breeding in rural Kassala of the Eastern Sudan. The project activity was intended to provide a unique opportunity for pastoralist communities to improve the use of technology, design, innovation and develop market linkages.
PENHA works with pastoral, agro-pastoral and farming communities across Somaliland. In 2016, PENHA began working with the communities of Batalaale and Biyo Guure, near the port of Berbera, in the Sahil Region.
There have been a number of initiatives to provide education to nomadic pastoralist children in the Greater Horn of Africa. The various outcomes depend on the national state policies on education. Many of such well-intended state led interventions have been small scale, ineffective and unsustainable. Moreover, there is evidence that some interventions have been successful at least in the pilot phases but deemed to fail once the piloting ended. Such projects include mobile schooling, distance education including radio broadcasting, residential/boarding schools, feeding schools.
The Ethiopian Government has issued its new national strategy on Prosopis in January 2017 after having consecutive consultation and stakeholder engagements. In bringing the regional dimension of the Prosopis agenda in the Horn of Africa, PENHA in partnership with IFAD and other national organisations both NGOs and private sector had played key role in organising a regional conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 2014.
Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa
Position: Digital Communication Officer
Date of Internship: 3 months
Application deadline: June 30th 2017
PENHA Somaliland Country Representative Sadia Musse Ahmed has contributed a chapter to the recently published book by Routledge on Traditional Institutions in Contemporary African Governance, edited by Kidane Mengisteab and Gerard Hagg. The focus of Ahmed's chapter is on the traditional institutions in Somaliland.
About the Book
Pastoral rangelands are vital to Somalia’s livestock dominated economy. But where national government is weak to non-existent, conflict over access to land is rife. Traditional common property regimes are under pressure from enclosures, population growth and charcoal production. Yet even in these very challenging situations,hybrids of customary and ‘modern’ law enable pastoralist communities to assert their rights.
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PENHA, in partnership with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit (EOU), held a celebratory African Legacy and Pastoralist Livelihoods cultural evening on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at Resource for London. PENHA had the privilege of welcoming two guests of honour – Joanna Lumley OBE, PENHA’s Patron, and Dr. Tekeste Ghebray, former Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The event attracted people from different backgrounds – professionals, academics, and diaspora community members – and was a great success.